PC Briefs: BCN, Intel, DRAM

PC Briefs: BCN, Intel, DRAM

BCN takes expo on tour

Components distributor BCN Technology is taking its spring expo on the road this month to showcase its key vendor partner products. The distributor is hoping to build on the success of its Brisbane and Sydney shows, with Melbourne next on the agenda. "We feel the importance of hosting such an event in order to better educate our reseller channel on new products and technologies," said Ken Lowe, BCN's managing director. "We believe in taking advantage of the downturn in the market by being more proactive and adding value to our resellers' business." The Melbourne expo will be held on October 3 at Crown Casino.

Intel speeds up Celeron

Intel has increased the clock speed of its top processor for low-cost PCs with the introduction of a 2.0GHz Celeron processor. Celeron chips offer less performance than Intel's top-of-the-line Pentium 4 chips, but cost far less. The 2.0GHz Celeron will cost $US103 in 1,000-unit quantities, while the slowest Pentium 4 still sold by Intel, at 2.2GHz, costs $193 in 1,000-unit quantities. Intel will make this Celeron processor on its .13-micron process, which makes it a more affordable chip for Intel to manufacture.

DRAM futures market

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) will offer futures contracts for DRAM chips by the first quarter of 2003 - the world's first futures market for DRAM chips. Futures markets enable companies to enter into contracts to buy and sell goods at some time in the future, but at a price fixed at the time of signing the contract. It is seen as a form of risk reduction, or risk hedging. The decision is based on the highly volatile nature of the DRAM market, according to the SGX. The bourse expects that the contracts will be denominated in US dollars and that the size of each contract will be 10,000 units of DRAM with a value of approximately $US70,000.

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